Chinese

Curriculum

Beijing

Language Instruction

1401, 1402 Beginning Chinese

Introduction to spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. Course emphasizes foundation work through intensive drills in sounds and tones, sentence structure, and a vocabulary of about 600 characters. Students attend three weekly master plus two hours of practice in small groups. Students are encouraged to spend summer or summer/fall in Beijing, China upon finishing first-year Chinese. Individual sessions are also available. Computer, video, and audio assignments are required. Four credits per term.

2401, 2402 Intermediate Chinese

Enhances basic language skills learned in beginning Chinese but focuses on language proficiency, particularly in the areas of description, narration, correspondence, and comparisons based on situational context.  Students attend four weekly classes. The course is conducted in Chinese and requires out-of-class reading and composition. Video and audio materials are used. Four credits per term.

3311 Advanced Chinese

Emphasizes the requirement of skills in Mandarin Chinese through the study of selected topics in contemporary Chinese culture and society. Students develop the ability to express themselves in sustained oral and written forms. The course is conducted in Chinese. Prerequisites: Beginning and Intermediate Chinese.

3312 Advanced Chinese

Enhances students' proficiency in Mandarin Chinese through a multimedia software program. Special concentration is given to China's current affairs through the use of authentic journalistic materials—television news and newspaper reports. Prerequisite: CHIN 3311.

Courses in English on Chinese Culture, Literature, and Cinema

FL 3325/CF 3365 Perspectives on Modern China

Survey of China in the 20th-century in terms of cultural trends, literature, and cinema. The course explores the interactions between reality and representation, between author and reader/audience, and between text and interpretation. Close reading of texts or viewing of films followed by critical analysis. No prerequisites.

FL 3310/CF 3390 Transnational Chinese Cinema

Introduces students to films produced in the People's Republic, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In considering cinema as a sign system for the construction of socio cultural and aesthetic meanings, this course examines different national identities and film genres. Students will learn to understand non-Western cultural texts and to analyze cinematic representations. No prerequisites.

FL/Perspective 3312 Women, Writing, & Identity in 20th-Century Chinese Literature

Introduction to the subject of women and writing in 20th-century China. This course examines two major periods of women's writings: the May Fourth era (c. 1920-1940) and the new era (c. 1970-present). Literary works by Asian American women writers are included on the reading list. The approach of the course emphasizes close reading of texts, viewing films, and critical analysis. No prerequisites.

CHIN 4381 Readings in Chinese Literature

An upper-level course designed for students who have finished third-year Chinese. Students will enhance their four language skills, especially reading and writing, through a wide variety of primary, unedited texts. Prerequisite: CHIN 3312 or consent of area chair.

CHIN 4382 Chinese Culture and Society in Film

An upper-level course designed for students who have completed third-year Chinese. Enhancement of all four language skills through original unedited texts and films from China and Taiwan. Prerequisite: CHIN 3312 or consent of area chair.